National Day of Mourning is a significant and unique holiday for hurtfully heartfelt historical attachment. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. If you are an American this date might sound familiar to you and it should for obvious reason. Because the 4th of November is also Thanksgiving Day in the US. The celebratory has its origin on the year 1970. It got started as a way of protesting against the Thanksgiving and the democide of the Native American people which was conducted by the Frankenstein that was the US government at that time.
This celebratory day might sound similar to another protest holiday with the same theme named UnThanksgiving day but we can assure that its not the same protest day. National Day of Mourning serves as a reminder to the injustices that was faced by Native American people and a way of channeling all the symbolic and emotional energy which gets fueled due to the historical aspect of it.
When is National Day of Mourning 2020 in Native Americans of New England?
Thursday, November 26 is the official celebration day of National Day of Mourning 2020 in New England.
History of National Day of Mourning
Since the year 1970 Native Americans have been gathering during the hour of twilight on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. You might wonder why! The reason behind the gathering is to celebrate the National Day of Mourning on the same day as Thanksgiving Day. They celebrate this as a way of mourning and protesting the false-fed history of Thanksgiving. To the Naïve Americans, it is a solemn, deeply spiritual and political day.
The majority of Native Americans don’t celebrate the arrival that happened by the pilgrims and other similar European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving is a brutal reminder of horrible incidents which includes the genocide of millions of Native people, extortion of their lands and relentless assault on Native culture and its people in a systematic and cunning manner.
They start the celebration as a way of honoring the native ancestors and the current struggles faced by the surviving Native people. This day is sponsored by The United American Indians of New England (UAINE). They have got an official website to give a holistic idea about the celebratory manner, history and all the related aspects to National Day of Mourning.
How to Celebrate National Day of Mourning 2020?
1. Gain historical insights
National Day of Mourning is a perfect opportunity for you to do some historical research on your own to reach an objective insight about the true nature and history of Thanksgiving. You can search for books, documentary or visit the nearby library to find out more. Only through reaching an objective historical stance can we be able to create a better world for us which will be built upon truth.
2. Join a march
Protesters gathers on Plymouth’s Cole’s Hill through marching. Non-native American who feels resonated with the history and theme are welcomed to join in on the protest.
3. Do some Digging
You can also do some digging on the event organizers who are known as the United American Indians of New England (UAINE). You will be glad that you did the digging. They have got tremendous resources, insights about the celebratory day. You will be able to find out more regarding celebration manner and remain in the loop regarding the day.
4. Share on Social Media
It is vital that we know objective history and spread around our knowledge. It is through collective awareness we will be able to built a just world someday. To that purpose you can celebrate over social media with the hashtag of #UAINE, #NDOM, #NationalDayofMourning.
Why We love to celebrate National Day of Mourning
It provides important historical insights, gives rise to needed discussions, creates ways for us to build bridge through acknowledging truth, forces us to call a spade a spade- which are all mandatory for leading a just life. It is easy to go with the flow but we should also do some digging behind the flow to find out if it’s the right thing to do! After all, we only have ourselves at the end of the day and we are all in this together united through our human nature. National Day of Mourning gives us the occasion to remain true to ourselves and speak out against any form of manipulation or injustice. So, we have only immense love and respect for the day.
National Day of Mourning is the perfect scope to rid of ourselves of any wrongdoing done knowingly or unknowingly. It’s a day we should celebrate in a manner for which it was created in the first place.